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#SHS2015 was a huge success

From Feb. 18-20, more than 400 SHS members convened in Orlando, Florida, for the annual Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference. The conference was a great success! From pre-conference workshops on Wednesday to the Student Paper Competition on Thursday and cross-industry knowledge sharing on Friday, there was more knowledge shared than hours in the day!

View winners of competitions (Poster, Student Paper, Student Simulation, SHS Scholarship, Social Media, YouTube Video)

If you were not able to attend this year (or even if you did and want to see the sessions you missed), please take some time to review the content our wonderful presenters have shared at the conference website here: https://www.xcdsystem.com/shs/proceedings/index.cfm?pgid=58

SHS2015 Highlight: Customization vs. convenience when developing healthcare scheduling tools

Provider scheduling is an important challenge in almost any clinical environment. Industrial engineering- and operations research-based decision support tools can be very valuable, not only in reducing the workload of producing these schedules, but in greatly enhancing their quality. Continue reading

CDC: Progress being made in infection control in U.S. hospitals

As hospitals' focus on reducing infections has intensified, central line-associated bloodstream infections fell by 46 percent between 2008 and 2013, according to the National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading

Member milestones

Please join us in congratulating the following members for their continued service and membership with Society for Health Systems. These members have been completed milestone years of service to the society in the month of March 2015.

The hospital CEO's ultimate dashboard: What to check each day, quarter and year

Patient Satisfaction guru Quint Studer describes the CEO’s “ultimate” dashboard in a recent Becker’s Hospital Review article. The dashboard is a concise selection of metrics for laser-focusing on the issues that drive results. These metrics fall into four "buckets:" productivity, volume, clinical quality and service.

Laboratory Cost Improvement: Achieve cost savings using labor productivity and expense

This recent presentation provides an approach for labor and non-labor cost reduction using internal and external benchmarks. The benchmarks are based on extensive experience by the author’s organization. The presentation includes productivity benchmarks for the various types of specialties within the typical hospital lab.

SHS NEWSLETTER

SHS NewsletterFebruary 2015

The February 2015 issue of the SHS Newsletter introduces the newly-elected president-elect and two new board members, all of whom have accepted their new roles. As the Healthcare Process Improvement Conference 2015 fast approaches, highlights from events occurring during the conference are featured. "ACOs make progress in using big data to improve care," the lead article, is an interesting and timely read. Other articles discuss labor and delivery nurse staffing as a cost-effective safety intervention; why for-profit hospitals are poised for a strong 2015 and not-for-profits aren't; and recommendations by the Institute of Medicine to address practices that often have left relative medical research unpublished and useful data unattainable by independent researchers. SHS members are urged to register for the upcoming webinar, "Choosing Wisely: A Program to Reduce Unnecessary Medical Care" and to participate in a Healthcare Environment Survey.

 

 

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